What is a Green Star Community?

Living near public transportation, or within walking, cycling distance of work is sustainable.

Other things are sustainable. There are benefits to living in a sustainable communities.

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Never before have we seen a cohort who are so well informed, wealthy and in such good health. The Baby Boomer generation is redefining what it means to age – and they are demanding retirement living that supports a healthy, active and fulfilling retirement.

A Green Star-rated retirement village offers residents a better way to live – one that supports healthy and active living, enhances wellbeing, and connects people with both nature and the community.

A Green Star rating is an independent ‘tick of approval’ that your village has met the rigorous criteria established by the Green Building Council of Australia.

To receive a Green Star rating, the design, construction and operations of your village must meet industry best practice for sustainability in a range of areas – from water and energy consumption through to materials, finishes and fixtures selected.

This means a smaller environmental footprint and lower energy and water bills – leaving you with more money to spend on the things that really matter.

When you choose a Green Star retirement living village, you know the developer has embraced innovative design and leading-edge thinking to make best use of green space, access to public transport, shops, medical facilities and other services, and
to create close connections with the broader community.

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With Green Star
you get the best.

Once you have bought into Green Star Living you can sit back and enjoy the benefits

Something special

Your development is one of a select group internationally that is prepared to exceed requirements and be independently scrutinised.

Quality of life
Above and beyond what typical developments offer.

Peace of mind 

That someone independent is
checking what is being delivered.

An investment in the future

You are purchasing in a development that is designed for future needs - not just today's.


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Here’s how a Green Star rating benefits a community:


Healthy living:

Better indoor environments that are low in harmful chemicals reduce rates of respiratory disease, allergy, asthma and sick building symptoms.

Lots of green space and easy access to pedestrian walkways, local shops, services and public transport encourage active living and keep you connected with your community. 

Save you money:

Green Star retirement villages feature energy efficient, water saving homes, with vital amenities on your doorstep. They are cheaper to operate and can help you save on travel costs due to the onsite facilities.

Good for your grand-children:

Green Star-rated buildings consume half the water and two thirds less electricity than non-green buildings. They also produce less than a third of the greenhouse gas emissions. When you purchase a Green Star apartment, you know you are making a positive contribution to the planet.

Peace of mind:

A Green Star rating is a mark of quality. This independent ‘tick of approval’ can give you peace of mind that your retirement village is not only built to meet to rigorous sustainability standards, but is a safe and secure long-term asset.

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Green Star Community Profile

Meet Tony Perrin. Tony lives in South Australia’s new 6 Star Green Star community Bowden and has found a flexible lifestyle on the fringes of Adelaide CBD. “The ability to be out my front door and on a tram in 10 minutes, with a direct line into the city is fantastic.” Read Tony’s full story here.




Green Star Community Products

The Green Building Council Australia does not certify freestanding residential houses but with a knowledge of Green Star you can help make your home and community more sustainable. As well as, the Green Building Council Australia does not support or recognize brand specific products. However, our team looks for ecolabel that help tell us if the product in question is considering indoor pollutants, sustainable products, responsible building material, and local procurement. For your community, you can look for ecolabels for your building materials, jungle gyms, carpet, cabinetry, furniture, and much more. Use the same independent ecolabels we use and search these organizations for your community products: